.rape Files Virus - How to Remove It
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.rape Files Virus – How to Remove It

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This article explains what .rape files virus is and what issues occur in case of infection with this ransomware. In addition, you could find a detailed removal guide with restore data part at the end of the article.

The .rape files virus is ransomware dubbed after an extension of the same name associated with its infection. When it lands on a computer device, it triggers a long sequence of malicious activities that plague essential system settings and lead to the corruption of valuable files. Corrupted files could be recognized by the specific extension .rape appended to their original names. Following encryption, an offensive ransom message is loaded on the screen.

Threat Summary

Name.rape Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt files stored on the devices it infects.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .rape extension. A ransom messaage written in offensive style is asking for nude photos.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Web Pages
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.rape Files Virus – Distribution

At this point, no spread vector has been identified as the main one. According to information on previous ransomware cases, hackers usually chose the malsplam as main one. So it is likely that authors of this threat associated with rude expressions also bet on email campaigns to deliver their malicious code on users’ devices. The distribution campaigns could be set against users worldwide.

E-mails that belong to these campaigns could contain one or more of the following components:

  • A link that lands on compromised web page set to download and execute the infection file directly on the PC. It may be presented as in-text link, banner, image, button or direct URL address.
  • A malicious file attachment that according to email text is a legitimate document. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.

In addition, fake software installers, fake update notifications, compromised software setups, files shared on forums and other techniques may download and activate the ransomware module.

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.rape Files Virus – Overview

Once the initial execution file associated with .rape files virus which is called they did surgery on a grape.exe is started on the system, it triggers a sequence of malicious activities and changes that plague essential system settings. These changes enable the ransomware to reach the main infection stage – data encryption and complete its attack.

In addition, with the help of its malicious code, it could evade detection and mislead all active security measures into being a legitimate process. Files and objects associated with .rape files virus may be located in some of the following system folders:

  • %Roaming%
  • %Windows%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Temp%

When the ransomware establishes all needed files on the system, it could continue with the corruption of various system components among which is the Registry Editor. The Registry Editor is a hierarchical database that stores information on major system settings and user preferences. It is composed of registry keys and sub-keys. There are two registry sub-keys that are commonly infected by crypto viruses like .rape. These sub-keys are Run and RunOnce. The explanation for this is their ability to load all files and processes that are listed under them on each system start.

So once .rape files virus set its malicious values under the sub-key Run, the ransomware becomes able to manipulate its functionality and load every time you start the system. With the help of the functionalities of RunOnce sub-key, .rape is likely to display its ransom note ( i_want_your_di**.html ) on the screen soon after it is ready with the encryption of all target files.

hi, I love you
Wanna fu**?
Btw send me nudes or I no unlock your files my email is [email protected]

Under no circumstances, you should follow the instructions presented by this note. Keep reading to learn how to remove this nasty threat and all its associated files from your device. Beware, that in case that you decide to take the manual removal approach you may not be able to reach all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. Furthermore, there are many files that are essential for the regular system performance. The deletion of any of those files could result in permanent system damage.

As of data restoration, you could attempt to restore .rape files with the help of some alternative data recovery methods again presented in the guide below.

Remove .rape Files Virus and Restore Data

The so-called .rape files virus is a threat that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So infected system should be cleaned and secured properly before you could use it regularly again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove .rape ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should install and maintain a reliable anti-malware program. Additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks is

With the different types of ransomware emerging and evolving on a daily basis, a need for better protection against such viruses arises. A more specific kind of protection is always necessary, in addition to any anti-malware tools. The following article...Read more
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Make sure to read carefully all the details mentioned in the step “Restore files” if you want to understand how to fix encrypted files without paying the ransom. Beware that before data recovery process you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will prevent their irreversible loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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